Will straight-ticket voting be on the ballot?

(And pssst…voter registration deadline is Monday, October 5)

A federal court this week said not so fast on returning straight-ticket voting to the Texas ballot for the November General Election.

The Republican-led Legislature had outlawed straight-ticket voting in 2017. But a lower court judge last week signaled the go ahead for straight-ticket ballots after Democratic Party officials argued it would speed up voting, decrease long wait times, and thus, make it safer for everyone while casting a ballot during the pandemic. Now, under an emergency filing by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a stay on the ruling—meaning that we still could have legal wrangling over the fate of straight-ticket voting in the coming days.

Lawmakers who nixed the straight-ticket in 2017 cited the lack of informed voting as a reason to end straight-ticket voting. The November 3 election was supposed to be the first in decades not to offer this practice. Given that early voting in Texas starts October 13, it is unclear whether or not voters will have straight-ticket voting on the ballot for the upcoming election. 

The last day to register to vote is October 5. If you have moved or changed your name, you need to update your registration. Please be sure to confirm your registration by checking with your local election office. Here are all the links and steps you need. Early voting begins October 13 and ends on October 30. We’ll be sure to remind you to vote early. If you live in Harris County, HFT members are holding a drive-through voter registration event this weekend.